If you want to be a true world traveller, a visit to at least one of Asia’s top cities is a must. Massive and diverse, Asia stretches from the Black Sea to Siberia.
You are sure to experience a fascinating and unforgettable visit to an Asia city. The following is a list of Asia’s top 10 most visited destinations.
Hanoi is the Capital of Vietnam and the second largest city. A magnificent blend of East and West, it remains largely unscathed from decades of war and is experiencing a huge building boom. Popular with tourists, TripAdvisor ranks of as one of the world’s top 10 destination cities.
9. Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam at its best with chic malls and sleek skyscrapers. You will get caught up in the high energy lifestyle of this city. Accommodations include the finest hotels and quaintest of guesthouses. On the quieter side, you can wander the alleys and find incense-infused temples.
8. New Delhi
If you like mixing modern with Old World, New Delhi is the place to go. In Old Delhi, workers still haul spices and weigh gold on rustic scales. New Delhi still boasts colonial-era buildings, and Gurgaon is a futuristic satellite city of modern skyscrapers.
Shanghai, located on the central coast, is China’s biggest and busiest city. Despite the bustle, you can easily stroll the Bund, the city’s famed waterfront walk and marvel at the colonial-era buildings as the Pudong district’s futuristic skyline rise across the Huangpu River.
Since China’s capital city dates back 3 millennia, history buffs will find Beijing particularly fascinating. A visit to ancient sites such as the grand Forbidden City complex and the Ming and Qing dynasties’ imperial palace will be amazing and unforgettable.
5. Hong Kong
With its iconic skyline, Hong Kong is China’s most fascinating city to visit. The culture here includes indie music, Chinese opera in a bamboo theater, and the Asian film festival.
Istanbul is the cultural and financial center of Turkey and is a fabulous vacation destination. Its temperate oceanic climate means hot summers and cold, wet winters. The best times to visit are late May through June and September through early October. The city is full of fun with lively cafes, bars, shops, and galleries.
Thailand’s capital and largest city can appear on the surface to be a “hot mess” with its sticky weather and sometimes sordid nightlife reputation. In truth, Bangkok is surprisingly safe and full of hidden gems to be discovered, and Thai food is some of the world’s most coveted cuisine.
If a tropical island appeals to you, Singapore is a great Asian destination. This independent city-state has the elements of a modern city along with enchanting parks and nature reserves. The eclectic mix of Chinese, Indian, and Malay influences makes for tasty food, great shopping, and a vibrant nightlife.
Japan’s capital is a mix of tradition and ultramodern, with neon-lit skyscrapers as well as historic temples. Because of its vastness, this city can be overwhelming. Instead of making a long list of sites select a few points of interest and then wander in shops and restaurants to experience the local culture.